Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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CURNAWIN', CARNAWIN', Carnauvin, Carnyauvin, n. “A painful sensation of hunger” (Knr. 1825 Jam.2, carnawin', curnawin'). Known to Bnff.2 (carnyauvin), Abd.2 (curnawin) 1941. [kʌr′n(j)ɑ: (v)n mn. Sc.(a), but m.Sc. + kʌr′n:n] Sc. 1928  J. G. Horne Lan'wart Loon 12:
An' wachts o' peat-bree frae the burn Can dill curnawin at a turn.
Bch. 1928  (per Abd.15), obsol.:
It wisna a richt kine o' hunger, but jist a keerious carnauvin.
Per. 1898  E.D.D.:
There's a sair curnawin' in my guts, goodwife.

[Cur-, intensive pref., + gnawing. See P.L.D. §§ 137, 141.2 for varying forms of second element.]

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